Police in Indian administered Kashmir fired tear gas to disperse protesters on Friday who were demonstrating against the publication of a caricature of Prophet Muhammad in the latest issue of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Protests broke out after Friday prayers with worshippers carrying placards reading slogans such as "Down with Charlie."
They chanted slogans against Indian rule and in favour of Islam.
Government forces fired warning shots and tear gas to stop the protesters from marching in at least at three places in old parts of Srinagar, while the protesters hurled rocks at them, police said.
Similar protests were also reported from several towns and villages in the disputed Himalayan region.
There were no immediate reports of any injuries.
Authorities restricted movement of residents in parts of the main city of Srinagar and businesses and shops were closed in a strike called by separatists and religious parties.
Police overnight detained a top pro-independence leader, Mohammed Yasin Malik, who called for the strike and protests against the magazine's latest issue, which shows a drawing of a tearful Prophet Muhammad holding a sign "I am Charlie" in French.
It was published following a January 7 attack on the magazine's Paris office that killed 12 people.
Many Muslims believe their faith forbids depictions of the prophet.
The region has witnessed several protests against the latest cartoon, but Friday's shutdown was the first major reaction in Kashmir since the Paris attacks.
Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, and both claim it in its entirety since British colonialists left in 1947.
Since 1989, several rebel groups have been fighting to win Kashmir's independence or have the Indian-controlled portion merge with Pakistan.